Midwest activity mixed

While the economy continues to improve throughout the Midwest, business leaders remain wary of how the nation will respond to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Companies were still hiring in December, although the pace of job growth has slowed.


State News

January 5, 2021 - 9:06 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy continues improving in nine Midwest and Plains states but business leaders are less optimistic after the latest surge in coronavirus cases in the region, according to a new monthly survey released Monday.

The overall index for the region suggests strong growth even though it dipped to 64.1 in December from November’s 69. Any score above 50 on the survey’s indexes suggests growth, while a score below 50 suggests recession.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, said the manufacturing sector has been growing steadily since restrictions related to the virus started to be relaxed in the spring, but current activity still remains below the level it was at before the pandemic began.

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